Crow Statement On President Biden’s Update Regarding the Evacuation of Afghan Special Immigrant Visa Applicants

July 14, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) released the following statement after President Biden’s update regarding the evacuation of Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) applicants in Afghanistan:

“I may not be here today were it not for the bravery and commitment of the Afghan men and women who served as interpreters, drivers, and guides on the frontlines with me in Afghanistan. They did so with the understanding that if they stood with our soldiers, they would have a place in America. President Biden’s announcement today regarding evacuations beginning next week is a critical step, but more must be done to ensure the evacuation happens quickly, the SIV Program is streamlined, and that nobody is left behind.”

 “We formed the bipartisan Honoring our Promises Working Group in May because we understood how high the stakes are. Every day counts when it comes to evacuating SIV applicants. We need to evacuate our partners quickly and safely, and we need to streamline the process for SIVs.  We need a whole-of-government effort to get our Afghan partners and their families to safety.”

“I am committed to continuing to work with the Biden Administration on this effort, and look forward to working with them in the coming weeks as details of the evacuation plan are released.” 

“This is a critical first step, but we aren’t done. Time is running out and we must honor our promises. It’s time to bring our friends to safety.”

Congressman Crow started the bipartisan Honoring our Promises Working Group in April to engage with the Administration and expedite legislative efforts to protect Afghan partners. 

Last month, Crow introduced the ALLIES Act, bipartisan legislation that would increase the Afghan SIV cap by an additional 8,000 visas and remove burdensome application requirements that slow down the application process. In May, Crow introduced the HOPE for Afghan SIVs Act, bipartisan legislation to temporarily waive the medical examination requirement for SIV applicants, which is cost prohibitive and difficult for many applicants to safely receive. It passed out of the House on June 29th.